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Can Inequality Be Reformed?

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Ringen, Stein

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Abstract Three limitations in standard method measurement of income redistribution are considered: (1) redistribution is seen as a matter of global rather than marginal effects, (2) structural effects on the distribution of factor income are not accounted for, & (3) cross-section & life-cycle effects are conflated. Evidence from recent research is introduced, & it is argued that standard method results are reasonably robust in spite of limitations in the methodology. A positive association in advanced industrial companies between tax/transfer policy & income inequality is contended to be a firmly established conclusion, which suggests that if government wants to modify income inequality, it has a tool for so doing in tax & transfer policy, & if it should want to reshape transfers or taxes for other reasons, it must expect distributional consequences.
Classification Economic Policy; Income Policy, Property Policy, Wage Policy
Free Keywords Methodological Problems; Income Distribution; Income Inequality; Measurement; Taxation; income redistribution, standard method measurement limitations;
Document language English
Publication Year 1996
Page/Pages p. 19-28
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 4 (1996) 1
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications